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Do you have an ever-growing “to-be-read” (TBR) pile of books and journals that you’ve told yourself all year you’ll get to “in the summer”? And now it’s summer and the pile is daunting and the beach is calling. What to do? Try these five steps to get started. Weeding the list (or culling the pile): If it’s been a while … Continue reading

Two former Queen’s medical students, Thomas R. Cawthorn, MD and Curtis Nickel, MD, of the recently graduated class of Meds 2013 conducted ultrasound education research during their time as students at Queen’s School of Medicine.   They worked with Dr. Michael O’Reilly, Dr. Henry Kafka, and Dr.  Amer M. Johri, of Queen’s and Dr. James W. Tam, of Winnipeg.  Their results have been … Continue reading

As teachers, you may want to find resources that assist you with teaching, or find out what the latest news from the Curriculum Committee is, or find out who to contact about what.  As students you may want help about people, places, policies and other “p’s” in the Undergraduate Medical Education program. We have published two resources recently: The first … Continue reading

The Education Team is providing workshops for new faculty (and those who’d like a refresher) on a variety of topics. What we’ll cover: The 3.5 hour session will give you the basic tools you need, including: • Foundations of the UGME curriculum • Who’s Who in UGME & what they can help you with • Introduction to Small Group Learning … Continue reading

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By Heather Murray, MD, and Eve Purdy, MD Candidate, 2015 For many medical students, the process involved in turning a presenting complaint into an appropriate and focused differential diagnosis seems like a big black box. For clinicians who do this many times every day, the process is unconscious, and it is hard to explain to medical student learners how to … Continue reading

MedEdPortal is a repository of online modules, and other tools that are vigourously peer-reviewed and suitable for medical and other health professions education. To find out more about this great resource, to to their short video: www.mededportal.org/about

Exam Wrappers Here’s a new and very interesting tool called “Exam Wrappers” that you can add to your exam review after mid-terms and even finals. It enables students to think more carefully about their studying and learning. It is from a chapter by Marsha C. Lovett, (2013) Chapter 2, in Make Exams Worth More Than the Grade, in the book, … Continue reading

Queen’s own Dr. Adrian Baranchuk is the Editor of the newly published Atlas of Advanced Electrocardiogram Interpretation. With Contributing Editors Drs. Hoshiar Abdollah, Damian Redfearn, and Christopher Simpson, one could call this “The Queen’s Atlas of ECG”! The atlas is “a practical guide to recognizing and analysing a wide spectrum of cardiac conditions.” There is free access for the next … Continue reading

Here is a great teaching idea from Dr.Geraldine Van Gyn, professor in the School of Exercise Science at the University of Victoria. She writes in the e-zine Faculty Focus about the “Purposeful Reading Assignment” or the “3-2-1″ assignment. It goes like this: Requirement 1: Students read what is assigned, then choose and describe the three most important aspects (concepts, issues, … Continue reading

Dr. Kanji Nakatsu shared this resource with us recently.  It’s a bank of Case Reports, from Biomed Central and supplemented by the Journal of Medical Case Reports.  It is searchable and freely accessible.  This is a resource for physicians, but may also be used in medical education.  “By bringing similar case reports together, through the Cases Database, researchers and clinicians … Continue reading

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A great read: Faculty Focus Blog
Published Wed, July 23, 2014

As part of your summer reading list, may I encourage you to look at Faculty Focus, higher ed teaching strategies from Magna Publications. Whenever Maryellen Weimer writes, I sit up and pay attention, but actually the other contributers have great ideas, and provide evidence for them too.  This is not just for medical education, but for all educators in general. … Continue reading

How to integrate science into clinical courses and vice versa
Published Tue, July 22, 2014

How hard is this?  Not too hard.  Here are some ways to integrate science into the clinical courses (and vice versa) Hi all:  I’m recycling a recent post, having drastically reduced it.  I hope to write more about examples of integration and integrators from our curriculum in the future. You may think you don’t use basic science knowledge anymore.  Think … Continue reading

Thank you Dr. McLean
Published Mon, July 14, 2014

The following note was sent by one of our fourth year students to her community preceptor at the end of her Integrated Community Clerkship. Both parties have graciously agreed to allow me to share it with you. Dear Dr. McLean Thanks for: Teaching me Medicine Trusting me with your patients Introducing me to Perth Letting me be wrong Helping me … Continue reading

Tackling your summer “To Be Read” pile
Published Mon, July 7, 2014

Do you have an ever-growing “to-be-read” (TBR) pile of books and journals that you’ve told yourself all year you’ll get to “in the summer”? And now it’s summer and the pile is daunting and the beach is calling. What to do? Try these five steps to get started. Weeding the list (or culling the pile): If it’s been a while … Continue reading

One Day in Clinic…
Published Mon, June 30, 2014

Sarah (fictitious name to protect the innocent) is a second year medical student attending my Cardiology clinic for an “observership”. Like her peers, Sarah had an outstanding academic career prior to entering medical school, as well as a variety of personal experiences that demonstrated an interest in the human condition and commitment to public service. Since entering medical school, she … Continue reading